We are all human
The ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Israel are no doubt affecting people around the world. Living in the UK and now under ‘severe’ threat of a terrorist attack, we may have very little influence on government decision-making but we can make a choice about how we act.
Instead of being influenced by the worldly conflicts, we need to focus on community relations. Rather than secluding other religions and races due to wars in other countries, we need to unite in the face of adversaries to build tolerance, understanding, and acceptance within communities.
This will create peace and harmony within our smaller communities which will spread across the country and hopefully across the globe. We are much better when we are together than when we are alone. Ecclesiastes, in the Hebrew Bible, states:
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Following the continual conflict between Israel and Palestine, The Muslim Council of Britain and the Board of Deputies of British Jews released a statement urging ‘good community relations in the UK’. They stated: ‘we must not import conflict. We must export peace instead.’
On Wednesday 3rd September, Muslim clerics, Sunni and Shia, Jewish rabbis and Christian priests, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, united at Westminster Abbey in central London against ISIS and the perversion and abuse of religion by extremists.
While travelling to Bristol for work, I read some extracts by Rabindranath Tagore that fit perfectly with recent events and summarise my very point of this article:
“When we suffer as a result of a particular system, we believe that some other system would bring us better luck. We are apt to forget that all systems produce evil sooner or later, when the psychology which is at the root of them is wrong., the system which is national to-day may assume the shape of the international tomorrow; but so long as men have no forsaken their idolatry of primitive instincts and collective passions, the new system will only become a new instrument of suffering. And because we are training to confound efficient system with moral goodness itself, every ruined system makes us more and more distrustful of moral law.
Therefore I do not put my faith in any new institution, but in the individuals all over the world who think clearly, feel nobly, and act rightly, thus becoming the channels of moral truth. Our moral ideals do not work with chisels and hammers. Like trees, they spread their roots in the soil and their branches in the sky, without consulting any architecture for their plans.”
“What is the truth of this world? It is not the masses of substance, not in the number of things, but in their relatedness.”